Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Psalm 65 - vs 6 (5 English)


נ֤וֹרָא֨וֹת ׀ בְּצֶ֣דֶק תַּֽ֭עֲנֵנוּ אֱלֹהֵ֣י יִשְׁעֵ֑נוּ
מִבְטָ֥ח כָּל־קַצְוֵי־אֶ֝֗רֶץ וְיָ֣ם רְחֹקִֽים
Fearful things in righteousness you will answer us O God of our salvation
the trust of all the extremes of the earth and remote sea

The 'hope' (traditional translation) of all the ends of the earth is not a particular nation. Nationalism is insufficient for such a focus.

I've never felt able to define 'hope'. I use 'trust' here anyway. Trust is present. Hope is a future oriented trust, a confidence that trust can continue. It's encouraging to me that the ends of the earth and the remote sea, i.e. the peoples thereof, are not without sense.